School Supply Drive Helps Homeless Kids in the Basin

School Supply Drive Helps Homeless Kids in the Basin

It's almost time to head back to school, and that means school supply shopping. But for some, it's a struggle to buy the smallest supply, like a pencil.
ODESSA, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- It's almost time to head back to school, and that means school supply shopping. But for some, it's a struggle to buy the smallest supply, like a pencil. The number of homeless children is on the rise here in the Basin and parents face challenges when it comes to buying basic school necessities.

A new school year starts soon and kids of all ages get excited for one thing, school supplies.

"That's the exciting thing about starting school is to have all the supplies that you need," said Renee Morris the Director of Women's Services at The Genesis Center.

But for some, they call a pencil a luxury item.

"Sometimes, I can't get them what they need," said one homeless mother.

A single mother with three children didn't want to be identified because of the stigma surrounding being homeless, but she's just trying to get school supplies.

"It's hard, it really really is hard," said the mother.

A booming economy makes it even harder.

"The prices are going up, stuff is so much higher, expensive, just to have like, even just living, its like, like, wow," said the mother.

But the Odessa Homeless Coalition hopes to make it a little easier with their school supply drive.

"It is just really hard for a single mother or even a family, single fathers to be able to purchase the necessities," said Danna Ramirez the Case Manager for Project Hope.

Necessities like,

"Crayons,markers, pens, pencils," said Ramirez.

The ECISD Community Outreach Center deemed over one thousand kids homeless within the district.

"Its escalated because now we have more children and less housing," said Morris.

And the mother told me she doesn't want to let her children down.

"I don't ever want to hurt my boys, because I can't get them something, and that's tough," said the mother.

Because something as a small as a pencil can put a smile on a child's face.

"To have their own backpack, to have their pencil boxes, they feel special," said Morris.

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